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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to: spiritwear@hawthorn73.org.

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Learning Options Form

During the Board of Education meeting on November 12th, the hybrid model was approved for students that participate in third through eighth grade self-contained special education and students in kindergarten through eighth grade general education. Hybrid learning provides students with both in-person and remote instruction. Specific details related to our district’s hybrid learning model for students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade general education and third through eighth grade self-contained special education is available in English and Español. Although there is not a  definitive timeline for a return to in-person instruction, the district sent this letter to all families on November 16 requesting that parents fill out a learning option form by November 30. Please log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and fill out one form per child, indicating your enrollment choice, hybrid or remote. 

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Community and Families Provide Unprecedented Donations to Hawthorn District 73’s Food Pantries

Thanks to parents and community members, the food pantries at Hawthorn Elementary North and Aspen Elementary were brimming with fresh goods to hand out during Hawthorn District 73’s Student Supply Pick Up on October 29. Staff gave away numerous bags of groceries to families in need as they arrived in cars to pick up school supplies for their children.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of parents,” said Hawthorn Elementary North Principal Kathryn Waggoner. “We are so thankful to our community for providing such a large abundance of goods for our pantries.”

The two pantries are now working on replenishing supplies. They are looking for non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, individually wrapped bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other necessities. 

To make a donation to one of the pantries, please call Elementary North at 847-990-4500 or Aspen Elementary at 847-990-4300. A safe and socially distanced drop-off will be arranged. Families in need can also call these numbers to make arrangements to pick up food. 

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4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

 We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola

Next AFPC Family Night

The next Aspen Family Night is scheduled for Friday, April 3.  This event will be hosted by the Multicultural Family Alliance and the theme is:  Families Around the World – Your Passport through Food and Games.  The Multicultural Family Alliance is looking for volunteers to host a game or a craft or bring in bite sized finger food that represents a country or culture.  Please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering for this wonderful evening.


Kindergarten Parent Information Night Information

Calling all parents of incoming kindergartners!  An information night is planned for Tuesday, March 10 for all kindergarten parents and will be held at Elementary South at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all about the new kindergarten building and registration procedures.  If you are interested in the School of Dual Language kindergarten program, their information night is on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the School of Dual Language. 


Trimester 2 Ends

Tuesday, March 3 is the end of Trimester 2.  Report cards will be posted on Thursday, March 12.  The final Trimester of this school year begins on Wednesday, March 4.  The last day of school is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.  

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PTO Book Fair a Success!

Thank you to all our wonderful PTO volunteers who manned and worked the Scholastic Book Fair.  Our students loved the jungle theme and great book selection.  Our coin drive campaign, All For Books, was a big success and enabled some students to get a new book who might not otherwise get one.  The Scholastic Book Fair is just another way to help promote reading to our students. 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences took place on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28.  Thank you to all parents who came and met with their child’s teacher.  Conferences are a great time to discuss a child’s progress at school and celebrate their success and discuss areas for growth.  If you didn’t have a chance to meet with your child’s teacher, please feel free to contact them by phone or email to set up a time to discuss your student.  Our goal is to build a strong partnership between parents and teachers to work together to ensure your child’s success at school.

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Aspen Celebrates Valentine's Day with Fun Games

Fourth grade students at Aspen Elementary had great fun making paper flowers and colorful heart-shaped cards, stacking cups and playing other games on Valentine’s Day. The second floor’s fourth grade section was alive with children having fun.